Phillies Get A Baltimore Sweep With 4-3 Win

The Phillies wrapped up a six-game road trip with a 4-3 win over the Orioles, giving the Phillies a sweep of the three-game series in Baltimore. The win also gave them a 5-1 record on their trips to Atlanta and Baltimore, during which the Phillies moved ahead of the Montreal Expos for second place in the National League East. Once again, Phillies fans helped to fill Camden Yards as the two teams celebrated the 20th Anniversary of their 1983 World Series matchup.

Somehow, after throwing three innings Friday night and another inning Saturday night, Jose Mesa came back for an encore Sunday to record his 17th save of the season. The save was a big one for Mesa because it moved him into first-place on the Phillies all-time saves leader list. Mesa pitched a perfect ninth inning to record the save for starter Kevin Millwood (9-6), who went 7 2/3 innings in his best start of the month. Millwood surrendered eight hits and three earned runs before yielding to Rheal Cormier, who got the final out of the eighth inning.

It didn't take the Phillies long to get on the board, as Jim Thome hit a two-out solo homerun in the top of the first, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead, which didn't last long. In the bottom of the inning, Luis Matos singled home Brian Roberts, who led off the inning with a triple.

The Phillies got to starter Rick Helling (5-6) in the third, when Placido Polanco and Jimmy Rollins collected back-to-back doubles. Polanco's double scored Todd Pratt and Rollins' double put the Phillies up 3-1. Polanco would score another run in the fifth when he scored when Bobby Abreu got an infield single as the Phillies extended their lead to 4-1 over the Orioles.

Millwood was streaming right along, retiring 17 in a row, including the first two hitters in the sixth inning. The Orioles then notched four straight singles to score two runs and make it a one-run game at 4-3. Millwood rebounded to get the final out of the inning without any further damage.

The Phillies don't get to take a breather, as they return to The Vet to play the Chicago Cubs in a four-game series starting Monday. Shawn Estes (6-6, 5.40) will face Vicente Padilla (6-7, 3.76) in the series opener.

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